05 Dec '16, 10pm

Singapore - a winning combination?

Singapore - a winning combination?

Image caption Mastering maths at primary level is a key part of education in Singapore "If you think maths is a hard subject you won't succeed," 10-year-old Hai Yang tells me. Along with some of the other pupils from Class 4D at Woodgrove Primary School, he's explaining the maths lesson I have just been watching. The whole class has just been working on a problem, taking it in turns to stand up and explain how they worked it out. And they do this in English, one of several languages spoken in Singapore. It turns out there is more than one way to reach the right solution. What is impressive is their commitment to understanding exactly how to do it. "If we just blindly look at the teacher's answer, when we grow up we might not know how to do it any more," says Megna. Building blocks This is an approach known as maths mastery which some schools in the UK have begun using in a...

Full article: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-38173237

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